CLIMATE CHANGING

Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in

carbon emissions by 2030

The circular economy offers opportunities to boost jobs and tackle climate change, according to study on Sweden by The Club of Rome

Anders Wijkman

Anders Wijkman is co-president of The Club of Rome

The Guardian 15 April 2015

Odds are, your mobile phone is less than two years old. Today’s economy is built on a “fast turnover” principle. The faster we replace our gadgets the better – not only our phones, but most items we consume.

This leads to a staggering inefficiency in the way we manage the Earth’s resources, with increased pollution, loss of ecosystems and substantial losses of value with each product disposed. A new study from The Club of Rome, a global thinktank, highlights that moving to a circular economy by using and re-using, rather than using up, would yield multiple benefits.

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Polar code agreed to prevent Arctic environmental

International Maritime Organisation committee adopts measures to protect the environment in face of predicted polar shipping rushdisasters

The international body in charge of sea safety

adopted measures on Friday to protect people and

the environment during a predicted shipping rush

in the Arctic.

But environment groups and insurers said the

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

Maritime Safety Committee had failed to address

key issues including a proposed ban on heavy fuel

oil and how to safeguard against cowboy operators.

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An acid test for policy

Richard Black Former environment correspondent

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23 January 2012
Coal-fired power station

Ocean acidification is a mechanism through which emissions can impact humanity’s food supply

There’s more this week on the critical but in some ways under-covered issue of ocean acidification.

At root, it’s simple chemistry. Carbon dioxide goes into the air from factory chimneys and hearths and car exhaust pipes, and some of it ends up dissolved in seawater, as carbonic acid.

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